If I were to begin an article with a statement which promoted the idea that no more than two dozen corporations control every aspect of your lives, that statement would be met with a lot of resistance. Please consider the following:
All money and money policy are controlled in this country by the ruling elite at the Federal Reserve. Publicly disseminated news (i.e. propaganda) is controlled by only five corporations which dominates 98% of the media. These are two facts that many people know and understand. However, what most people don’t understand is that control of nearly all retail, food production, food dissemination and the control of all water lies in just a few hands. Most of this takeover of the United States economy and the resulting essentials of life, has strong ties to the United Nations. This is a fact that will be explored in greater detail in a subsequent article.
Over the course of the next several days, I will be periodically examining the stranglehold that a scant few corporations have over the United States and its people. Be advised, this is not just another article about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. This is an article which takes a peek at how very few control so many. When one comes to understand the implications of a nation our size that allows a few corporations to control all money, all media, all retail and nearly all food and water, then one comes to quickly realize how vulnerable the American people are to political manipulation and ultimate genocide as we have seen with Hitler, Stalin and Mao.
The Rich Are Getting Richer….
Emmanuel Saez has recently written another inequality update in which he states that:
“Top 1% incomes grew by 31.4% while bottom 99% incomes grew only by 0.4% from 2009 to 2012. Hence, the top 1% captured 95% of the income gains in the first three years of the recovery. From 2009 to 2010, top 1% grew fast and then stagnated from 2010 to 2011. Bottom 99% stagnated both from 2009 to 2010 and from 2010 to 2011. In 2012, top 1% incomes increased sharply by 19.6% while bottom 99% incomes grew only by 1.0%. In sum, top 1% incomes are close to full recovery while bottom 99% incomes have hardly started to recover”.
This sets the stage for a cursory examination of one of the biggest retailers on the planet.
Control of Retail Business
- Retail outlets provide many essentials of life including the supplies and tools which allow us to maintain a level of independence over our lives. Please consider the following facts:
- The average U.S. family now spends more than $4000 a year at Wal-Mart.
- The average GDP of Wal-Mart (421 billion dollars) is greater than the GDP of 170 different countries. The owners of Wal-Mart, the six living members, make more money than poorest 30 percent of all Americans
- One out of every four grocery dollars is purchased from Wal-Mart making it the most shopped grocery store outlet in America. Thirty three percent of all Americans shop at Walmart each week. If Wal-Mart was an army, with its nearly 3 million employees, it would be the second largest military, second only to China. Wal-Mart is the biggest employer in 25 different U.S. states and 96% of all Americans live within 20 miles of a Wal-Mart, thus, making Wal-Mart an encroaching cancer that the American people cannot escape.
The effect of Wal-Mart’s negative impact on the country and the economy has been devastating. While Wal-Mart’s market share quadrupled in the first decade in this century, the number of domestic independent retail outlets declined in number by a staggering 60,000! Wal-Mart has literally no competition as they rake in more than five times the sales of Costco which is the second largest U.S. retailer. Wal-Mart spends nearly 8 million dollars on lobbying, not including outright political bribery through the campaign donation (i.e. bribery) process. Subsequently, Wal-Mart does not have influence over the government when it comes to control of the retail industry, Wal-Mart IS THE GOVERNMENT when it comes to retail and, increasingly, food sales. They decide what laws are enforced and which are not. If you doubt this statement, please consider the fact that it is a well-documented fact that Wal-Mart is in the human bondage business. No, I am not saying that they are into child sex trafficking, yet, but it is a well-established fact that they practice slave labor in overseas markets. And Wal-Mart is doing its best to bring slave labor to the United States. As a case in point, nearly 100,000 of Wal-Mart employees and their children are enrolled in Medicaid and are dependent on the government for healthcare, thus making it the fastest growing segment of our country to enter public welfare. For those that doubt the veracity of the statement that Wal-Mart is bringing both slave labor produced products and the practice of slave labor to America, here is a brief reading list:
Wal-Mart and the National Security State
Do you remember when Wal-Mart began to run the East German Stasi “snitch of your neighbor” message at the checkout counters, at Wal-Mart stores, in which then DHS director Janet Napolitano commanded Wal-Mart shoppers to spy on each other?
I wished I could say that Wal-Mart’s participation began and ended with this development. It is not likely that when you enter Wal-Mart to shop, that you are thinking to yourself that Wal-Mart would make a wonderful FEMA detention camp in times of national emergency or martial law. You might want to think just that if you continue to shop at Wal-Mart as you contribute to your own demise.
It is time for the final Jeopardy question: What is the single most disturbing fact contained in this article which can be verified beyond a shadow of a doubt? ….
Undoubtedly, the most disturbing fact associated with this article is the fact that 25% of the groceries sold in America, comes from this one retailer. And if we add in a few more corporations who control the vast majority of our food supply, you have before you the main tool of our future enslavement. Stalin, Mao and Hitler all used food as a weapon against its people and a clear picture of corporate dominance is emerging which will eventually do the same here. Food dominance by the few and its implications is the next topic in this series.
For more information about this wonderful multinational corporation go to the following link at Wal-Mart Sucks.org.
Dave Hodges is the Editor and Host of The Common Sense Show.